TOKYO Jan 26 All Nippon Airways Co,
which has the biggest fleet of Dreamliner jets, on Saturday
cancelled another 379 flights scheduled for Feb. 1-18, almost
doubling the number of its cancellations since one of the planes
made an emergency landing.
The latest cancellations brings the number of ANA flights
stopped since the Jan. 16 emergency landing in western Japan to
838. All Dreamliners have been grounded since Jan. 17 due to
unexplained battery problems.
ANA, which has 17 of the 50 Dreamliners that Boeing Co
has delivered to airlines to date, said the cancellations
have affected more than 82,620 passengers.
ANA said on its website that it flies around 3.7 million
passengers each month on domestic and international routes.
ANA, which has put the lightweight, fuel-efficient
Dreamliner at the centre of its growth strategy, may have to
scale back its next 2-year plan as it considers the mounting
cost of the new aircraft's grounding.
U.S. safety officials looking into a battery fire on a
separate 787 jet said on Thursday they are nowhere close to
completing their probe, raising the prospect of a lengthy
suspension for the technologically advanced aircraft.